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Events and Exhibits
All-European Show and Shine
Arbor Day Tree Planting
Art Exhibit: Alicia Armentrout
Art Exhibit: Eva Czarnecki
Art Exhibit: Highgrove Florilegium
Art Exhibit: Impact Artworks
Art Exhibit: Katrina Methot-Swanson
Backyard Farmer Taping
Easter Brunch
Easter Extravaganza
Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Garden Twilight
Gardens Gone Wild
Ghoulish Garden Adventure
Girls' Day: Japanese Doll Exhibit
Glee Handbell Choir of Japan
Guild Spring Luncheon and Lecture
Holiday Happening
Holiday Harmony
Holiday Poinsettia Show
Japanese Ambience Festival
Leashes at Lauritzen
Lithuanian Folk Wood Sculptures
Loveland Garden Club Lecture
Members Poinsettia Show Preview Party
Mothers Day Brunch
National Poinsettia Day
National Public Gardens Day
Nebraska Wildflower Week
Omaha Gives!
Orchid Show
Patriotic Perches
Railroad Days
Rose Day
Sandhill Crane Migration Trip
Spring Flower Show
Spring into Spring
St. Patrick's Day Lunch
Summer Solstice Lecture
Sweet Corn Festival
Tempo of Twilight
TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration
Valentine's Day Dinner
Walking Club
Group Tours
Gift Shop
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Events and Exhibits

May 23 through October 4, 2015
Lauritzen Gardens Gone Wild!
From posed to playful, you will encounter elephants, rabbits, hogs, hens, deer, frogs, bears and more as you explore the garden in a whole new way. Opportunities abound to interact with art, take memorable photos, and to learn about the natural habitats, interesting habits, and distinctive personalities of these awe-inspiring creatures created by nationally-acclaimed animal sculptor Dan Ostermiller.

Monday, September 7, 2015
Leashes at Lauritzen
The garden has gone to the dogs! Bring your canine friends to walk the grounds from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy the great outdoors together.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Guided Sculpture Stroll | Wine and Cheese Walk
View the exhibit Lauritzen Gardens Gone Wild up close and personal and through the eyes of Lauritzen Gardens’ senior staff members. These two hour guided tours, will allow you exclusive access to both the garden and this exciting new exhibit! After the tour, gather in the community room for a bit of wine and cheese.

Sunday, September 13, 2015
All-European Show and Shine
See fine European cars and motorcycles staged against a lush background.

July 26 through September 21
Art Exhibit: Elemental: Landscapes and Florals by Impact Artworks
This exhibit features works based on individual artists’ responses to landscapes and florals, including realistic images, abstract images, and images strictly from imagination.

Tuesdays, April 8 through October 28
Walking Club
Get your morning exercise with a refreshing and rejuvenating walk through the garden.

Mondays and Tuesdays During the Summer Months
Garden Twilight
Visit the garden during the twilight hours for a relaxing way to end the summer days.

September 24 through 27, 2015
Antique & Garden Show
Entering its twelfth year, the show brings a wide range of museum quality antiques, as well as renowned experts in antiques, gardening, art and design to Omaha.

September 29 through November 12, 2015
Dynamic Singularities and Subtle Dichotomies by Alicia Armentrout
Alicia Armentrout is a writer, educator, and photographer. After leaving Nebraska, securing a degree in Philosophy and aimless wandering around, she stumbled back to discover, anew, the Midwest's fantastic aesthetic. Through her work, Alicia aims to document the Midwest while also showing how culture intersects with our environs to create our understanding of "us."

October 3 through November 22, 2015
Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Experience a fascinating fabrication of flowers at the garden’s annual fall chrysanthemum show. Bold mums combine with vibrant colors, rich fabrics, diverse textures and other exotic design elements- representative of the storied Indian culture.

October 3 and 4, 2015
Japanese Ambience Festival
For an entire weekend, the garden grounds are alive with merriment as guests celebrate the joys of autumn and experience the Japanese culture first-hand.

Sunday, October 25, 2015
Ghoulish Garden Adventure
Dress in costume and trick-or-treat through the garden at various Halloween activity stations.

November 14 through December 31
Art Exhibit: Flowery Dreams by Eva Czarnecki

November 27 through January 3
Holiday Poinsettia Show
Be amazed by this spectacular floral display featuring a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree, model trains and other nostalgic decorations.

Select Sundays during the Holiday Season
Holiday Harmony
Listen to live holiday music that enhances the ambience of the festive surroundings and makes for a joyous afternoon outing.

Saturday, December 12, 2015
National Poinsettia Day
Celebrate this national holiday, commemorating this gorgeous holiday plant, while visiting the poinsettia show. The first 100 households receive a free poinsettia.

December 12 and 13
Holiday Happening
Share holiday wishes with Santa, engage in make-and-take activities with the family and enjoy the holiday cheer.

Sunday, February 14, 2016
Valentine's Day Dinner
Experience one of the most beautiful, exquisite Valentine’s Day dinners in Omaha, in the intimate surroundings of the visitor and education center.

2016 date to be announced
Girls' Day: Japanese Doll Exhibit
In honor of the Japanese celebration of Hinamatsuri, also called Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, discover a vast set of ornamental Imperial dolls, or hina-ningyo, representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period (A.D. 794 - 1185) on display.

March 5 and 6, 2016
Orchid Show
The 2016 Greater Omaha Orchid Society’s 29th Annual Orchid Show and Sale will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Visitors will get the opportunity to see and prime specimens of these exotic plants up close and purchase a plant of their own.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
St. Patrick's Day Lunch
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the greenest place in Omaha with a scrumptious lunch that's full of Irish spirit.

2016 date to be announced
Sandhill Crane Migration Bus Tour
Journey along the Platte River Valley and experience hundreds of thousands of beautiful Sandhill cranes in their majestic migration. This is a must-see tour where you will enjoy one of nature’s treasures, and is also a great chance for unique birding and photography opportunities.

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Easter Extravaganza
Don't miss this morning of fun with crafts, egg hunts and photos with the Easter Bunny!

Sunday, March 27, 2016
Easter Brunch
An annual tradition for many area families, enjoy a fabulous Easter brunch in the gardens. Please call Merri at (402) 346-4002, ext. 201 to inquire about our waiting list.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Loveland Garden Club Lecture featuring Andrea Wulf
History and horticulture collide as award-winning author Andrea Wulf returns to present "The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession." In this beautifully illustrated lecture Wulf tells the tale of a small group of 18th century naturalists that made England a nation of gardeners.

Friday, April 29, 2016
TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration
Enjoy a variety of tree-themed educational activities designed for families to learn about a variety of tree topics. The first 100 households will receive a FREE tree seedling! In the spirit of Nebraska's homegrown holiday, children who dress like a tree will get in FREE!

Friday, May 6, 2016
National Public Gardens Day
Celebrate the public garden with FREE admission all day on Friday, May 8. Discover beautiful spring blooms and learn about the programs, events and displays at the garden throughout the year.

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Mother's Day Brunch
Mother’s Day Brunch at Lauritzen Gardens has become an annual tradition for many area families. Please call Merri at (402) 346-4002, ext. 201 to make a reservation.

May 14 and 15, 2016
Spring into Spring Festival and Plant Sale
A unique opportunity for the public to shop from an incredible variety of Lauritzen Gardens-grown plants and a hand-picked selection of plants from area garden clubs and vendors.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Omaha Gives!
A community-wide event to show off Omaha's spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make this city great. Anyone can participate and ANY AMOUNT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Rose Day and Show
Join the Omaha Rose Society for their annual Rose Day and Show, to promote the culture and appreciation of the rose.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Tempo of Twilight featuring DAYBREAK Rock N' Roll Show
This outdoor concert series brings a spectacular lineup of local entertainment to the garden for a harmonious blend of music and nature.

July 1 through 4, 2016
Fourth of July Weekend | Red, White and BLOOM!
The summer garden is BURSTING with color! Spend a bit of your holiday weekend with us- open Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Monday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

July 16 and 17, 2016
Railroad Days
Celebrate all things train and track while visiting the model railroad garden.

June 30 through July 19, 2015
Patriotic Perches
A collection of 51 handcrafted birdhouses that combines art, geography, horticulture and birding to educate visitors about state birds and flowers and how to attract wildlife to their garden space.

2016 | Date TBD
Sweet Corn Festival
Indulge in all things sweet corn during this summer fun festival at Lauritzen Gardens.
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